I am beginning to like the early AM runs! I got to the park this morning at 5:40 am for a 50 minute run. The weather was awesome - cool (yes, you read that right - cool!) and low humidity! Very rare for Houston in June, so I was glad I could be out running early enough to enjoy it! If you haven't noticed, I hate the heat. I know a lot of people who love to get all sweaty because it makes them feel like they've really gotten a good workout. That's not me...all I need are my achey muscles to tell me I've gotten a good workout!
My run was pretty uneventful. Coach Tom sent us a link last week to this great Pace Training Calculator on the Runner's World website. He cautioned us against running our training workouts too fast. According to the pace calculator, I should be running my "tempo" pace runs at 11:00 min/mile. So, I decided to go with it. I made my way around for a loop. Along the way, I noticed a group of 5 runners coming from the opposite direction. They were all side-by-side and taking up the entire path. As the approached, I realized that no one in their group was planning to move, so I was forced to pretty much hop onto the grass. So, naturally, I made a mental note to add a PSA in today's blog....please remember runner ettiquette boys and girls -run 2 or 3 abreast please!!! Okay, PSA over.
So, I ran a loop and then kept going until I had run for 10 more minutes (which was a little past the 3/4 mile marker), turned around and headed back. I actually made it back to the mile 0 marker with about 1 1/2 minutes to spare, so I jogged a tad bit further and then walked back. I felt great! Heck, I think I could have kept going a few more miles!
After getting ready for work, I treated myself to a smoothie...this was after I checked them all out on the web last night to determine which ones had the lowest point content. Turns out, the Raspberry Sunrise only has 6 points! I added some "Diet Down" to it, although I have no idea what that really is! My luck it's not diet-ish at all and is actually supposed to make you gain weight!
Conditions - great! 70 w/50% humidity
Running time - 50 minutes
mile 1 - 10:57
mile 2 - 11:06
mile 3 - 10:59
mile 4 - 11:03
.6+ - 6:35
WW activity pts earned - 6!